1945

June 27: Two workers from the Women’s Land Army are busy sawing wood in a Manchester timber farm in the final year of World War II.

The Land Army replaced men called up for military service and had 80,000 members by 1944.

Cutting up the tree trunk in our atmospheric picture are Land Girls Betty Lewis and Peggy Clarke.

An offshoot of the Land Army, the Women’s Timber Corps, worked in the forestry industry and were affectionately known as ‘Lumber Jills.’
 

1992

June 26: Singer-songwriter Prince brings his spectacular Diamonds and Pearls stage show to Maine Road.

The ground-breaking musician and his group The New Power Generation were on a 50-date world tour to promote the artist’s latest album.

Prince had played Maine Road the previous year in the Nude tour which featured far less flamboyance. Sets in 1992 were back to the singer’s extravagant best.

Prince performed classic hits as well as songs from the new album. These included the title track Diamonds and Pearls and the single Get Off.

Prince in concert at Maine Road, Manchester. Diamonds and Pearls Tour. 26th June 1992.


 

1971

June 29: Lancashire cricketer David Lloyd puts himself in the firing line as he tests out a new head guard at Old Trafford.

Protective headgear for batsmen had its origins in the 1930s, but changes in fast bowling in the 1960s led to calls for more sturdy solutions.

Indian opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar wore a skull cap while England players Tony Greig and Dennis Amiss preferred the more familiar motorcycle-helmet style protector.

David Lloyd at Old Trafford Manchester, wearing new head guard. 29th June 1971